Initial Descent: April 5 – 11, 2020

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Well, well, well. We’re all still in this crap. But, at least we’ve got good tunes to ride it out with and this week, there’s no shortage of good to be found. So, let’s do this. Dark metallers Dool return with an absolute stunner (no surprise here, amazing band and amazing music), Akurion uncover all the dark corners in their love letter to death metal and all its wares, Benighted continue their reign of all things insane via grinding death metal, and High Priestess turn doom on its ear with some Pink Floydish twists. Four albums up top and many, many more to go so get to it! Continue reading

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 123 (4.4.2020)

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Welcome to another edition of our Saturday playlist series. This time around, I’m making sure you’re all aware there are three (3) new songs out by my favorite band of all time, Josh brings the new Pyrrhon single, and Ian brings more Aara to the party, who’s newest album I’ve been hotly anticipating. All this, and more, at the link below.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 113 (1.25.2020)

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We’re back at it again this weekend morning with another edition of our weekend playlist. This time around, I finally warm up to last year’s White Ward album, Josh gets the new 1349 video in the mix, and Chris is still preaching the Kirk Windstein gospel to us. All this and more at the link below. Happy Saturday.

– Vincent

The Nine Circles Playlist Vol. 29 (2.12.2018)

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For those of you sweating Valentine’s Day fear not, there’s still a couple days to find that perfect thing for that perfect someone. Candy and music (metal), dinner and music (metal)…the pairings are endless. And yes, you’re welcome for those ideas. Anyway, it’s Monday which means another playlist of what we were over the moon about last week. It also means the time is now for that gallon of coffee, but I digress…subscribe to our YouTube channel here so you never miss a thing then head inside for a loud, eclectic and great bunch of tunes. Continue reading

Best of 2017: Josh’s List

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Us writer types always say the current year was an amazing year for metal. And I’m saying it here, 2017 was a killer year for metal. Just when you thought death metal would reign supreme black metal would come through to take over and then charred hardcore would take its place only to have doom metal rear its head. This was a year I thought I nailed and this list would be easy come year’s end. But, no dice on that whatsoever as there were even more favorites than last year. I set out to keep the typical nine full lengths and nine eps but had to scrap that when I failed to make extreme cuts because the quality was too high. Music has and always will be extremely personal to me and I’ve always loved best of list season as it gives me a chance to catch up on what I’ve missed. You’ll find a few albums here that I covered at length earlier in the year as well as others I didn’t get a chance to. But my final picks lived and died on the impact made on me, whether deeply personal or just a ton of fun that I couldn’t stop listening to. Just like I have for as long as I’ve been reading these best of lists, I truly hope you find something here that hits home with you or something you missed that you wish you hadn’t. Music, metal in particular, keeps me going and offers me a place to hunker down and just be me, to shut out the world in general and enjoy listening to artists that keep me entertained and allows me those fleeting moments of peace. Thank you all, you got me through another year and I’m eternally grateful. Let’s get to it shall we… Continue reading